The Lost Russians

Thomas Drance
September 26 2011 11:28AM

Remember Kirill Koltsov?

Editors note: Andrey Osadchenko is the senior Russian Correspondent at the Nations Network. He writes regularly in Russian at, and has a series of web videos called "Joining the Rush" with Steve Dangle. Today Andrey catches up with some of the former Russian-born draft picks of the Canucks organization. The piece underscores why drafting Russian-born players has gone somewhat out of style; simply put, it's a risky proposition. 

For generations, Russia has been known as a "promised land" in terms of producing skilled hockey players. Among all NHL teams, the Canucks would know that. After all, they were lucky enough to have arguably the best Russian players in the history of hockey on their roster in Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure.

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Jason Gregor
September 26 2011 09:51AM


Most Canadians at some point in their lives have dreamt about being in the NHL. Whether it was through your own eyes, the eyes of a parent as you took your child to a 6 a.m. practice, or even as your infant sits on your lap while you watch Hockey Night in Canada, most of us have fantasized about being directly involved in the NHL.

Often we watch those who have accomplished the near-impossible dream and wish we had their life - millions of dollars, millions of fans and seemingly no real-life issues.
However, no amount of money and fame can protect you from the harsh realities of life.

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Player types: The defensive liability

Cam Charron
September 25 2011 10:56AM



Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward, the defensive forward, the offensive liability and the no-way forward)

We move today into the higher event category for players. Remember, high-event players are the ones who drive and allow a lot of shots at both ends when they're on the ice. In short, some of the most exciting players in hockey fit into these next two categories. The first we'll deal with is the Defensive Liability.

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September 25 2011 12:08AM


This week you can tell that The Nation Network really is starting to grow. Columnists from The Winnipeg Sun, Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun all weigh in during this week's episode and there is even time to laugh - er take a look at - the Calgary Flames roster in this here 2011-12 preseason.

This is NationRadio.

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AHL Team Wearing Canucks Colours Falls to Ducks

Thomas Drance
September 24 2011 11:15PM

Jensen shrugs, while Tanev flashes his megawatt smile. Photo credit: Steve Bosch PNG.

The Canucks preseason lineups are getting pretty hilarious. With the exception of Ballard, Sturm, Tanev, Lapierre and Schneider - everyone else the Canucks dressed on Saturday night is fighting for a role on the NHL roster. Whereas the team was able to pull of a victory against a superior squad on Thursday against Edmonton, their "AHL lineup" caught up with the team in a big way Saturday night against Anaheim - as they fell 4-1.

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